THE LOT - La Jolla
We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner in our restaurant, patios, or in-theater. We serve brunch on weekends and host multiple events for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.
THE LOT was established in 2015 and was inspired by and created for this neighborhood and honors the sea, art, culture, food, music, weather, and the people that make La Jolla so singular and inspiring. Customizing and creating the ultimate entertainment and lifestyle experience is our obsession and we're excited to share this curated experience with you.
Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
THE LOT has all you need to host a perfect party. Gather around appetizers on the outdoor patio, or have drinks at the bar and then invite your guests to stay for a movie. Before your corporate event, you can have presentations on our screens. Groups of 8 or more should contact the restaurant diView Private Dining Details
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Mon - Fri 6:00AM - 11:45AM 1:15PM - 3:45PM
I be been avoiding the LOT because of the loud music all day long. They have a new manager now who listens to the customers- the service has improved as well as the music volume. You can finally enjoy the ambiance of the LOT without blasting music!
Hope they expand their menu and offer more choices of salads.
Really enjoyed Sunday dinner while listening to opera singer Roman Palacios
It is a great location for the movie going and local stop. We planned on a dinner movie night for the family. After arriving it was 15 minutes before I had to get up and ask for someone to come to get orders. When the waiter arrived he has abrupt to the point of being rude. The food was decent, not great. Later in the evening, the music was great. Overall, we will not come back for movie dinner but maybe for drinks and snacks for music but will look for other options in LJ.
Taco Tuesdays are a blast. We weren’t too happy when they turned the music way UP at one point... but the taco bar is highest quality and we will be regulars!
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Unbeknownst to us we made reservations for Salsa Tuesday, but we still had a great time. Our reserved table was unfortunately adjacent to the speakers and since we wanted to hear one another and not blow an ear drum we opted to sit in the bar area. A high top table suited us just fine. We were given water and menus immediately and the All-You-Can-Eat Taco Bar was explained to us. Although we opted to skip the taco bar (we were short on time to make our movie), we really enjoyed watching people salsa dance and the music was spectacular. Upon finding out we could order food and drink and take them with us into the movie we were thrilled. We split the Ahi Tartare while I got a glass of the Prosecco, she got a Blueberry Lemonade (sans alcohol = nursing mama). The Ahi was amazing, like incredible! The fresh Ahi paired with the fresh avocado and ponzu, was light and refreshing. In hindsight we would have each gotten one and skipped the flatbread we ordered in the theatre. The Prosecco made me wish I'd Uber'd to the theatre so I could have enjoyed another glass.
Our waitress was so kind and offered great menu suggestions. The ambiance was refreshing and filled with voices and music, but the open concept still allowed for conversation without yelling. The menu had a lot to offer everyone - veggie, gluten free, meat eater, starving, browsing, just a nibble, etc.
I would definitely recommend The Lot La Jolla and STRONGLY suggest making reservations via OpenTable before you show up or expect to wait a while.
Great place, great food, great live music. A true Paradise!
This was a great place to have my friends Baby shower over the weekend. The staff was EXTREMELY accommodating!! It was a very hot day, and there wasn’t much breeze, so we were all very hot, but that’s not the LOT’s fault. It just happened to be a hot day.
Ambiente maravilloso, comida deliciosa y excelente servicio.
Un poco caro pero disfrutamos mucho.
Wow! So happy to have discovered this place on my 15th visit to SD. Wish we’d known about it before. Had an amazing meal with our twin boys aged ten, then saw Skyscraper.
I will never go back. The restaurant is open air which is nice. The staff was attentive and friendly. Unfortunately the food was not good at all. My daughter an I ordered the penne pomadoro, it tasted like they used jar sauce. No flavor at all. No bread or other accompaniment. My son son got the salmon, the portion was small and while I get it it's seafood...it stunk badly. Horrible. Prices were high and not worth it. Save your money and go elsewhere.
Take a fun group and you will have a blast. Great venue. Taco Tuesday , really good taco bar and cool band, dancing, fun. Great special events and the best movie theaters anywhere.
Good food. It was a super hot day, and for some reason, they had all the windows open, A/C off and no moving air.
The servers could not explain why it was so hot and would not do anything to correct the situation.
The restaurant was still well over 80 degrees when we left. No fun
Loved this place!!
Server started out strong then disappeared after the appetizer course was place on the table. We actually completed eating that course before he returned to take our main course order. One of our guests had to ask three times to get water refilled (which finally happened as the credit cards were being returned to the table and we were getting up to leave). Hoping this was an off night. We only give one more try before deciding never to return and to actively discourage friends from visiting. Disappointed but hopeful as the venue is stellar. Two of the courses (paella and margarita flatbread) had little to no flavor and with no server in sight we never got an opportunity to comment or give the restaurant a chance to offer a better option. Final plates were removed from the table without giving guests a chance to request leftovers be taken with them. All in all lots of room for improvement/training.
This is a great place to eat, and the food is really good. However, I'm very disappointed about the service.
We enjoyed watching the Germany vs Sweden Wold Cup 2018 game at The Lot while eating lunch. The crowd was nice, the ambiance perfect, and the big screen TV's on the wall were placed very well so everyone could see the game. We ordered chicken sandwiches with fries which tasted very good and the waiter was kind enough to bring us mayo for our fries in addition to ketchup. We then followed our lunch with a nice coffee and headed home after the game was over. We will definitely be coming here again for another lunch/game day.
Service is always terrible and the manage,ent doesn’t care
We were so happy to be able to walk in and have a beautiful brunch in the lovely restaurant. The quality of the food was top-notch, unfortunately all of it was cold. The breezeway where it is set up has a constant draft so perhaps moving the buffet setup some where warmer so the food and coffee and tea aren’t all cold. It was a very poor value overall, and we will be back only to watch movies. The kitchen staff was nice enough to remake the pancakes and bring fresh coffee, but it took about 10 minutes to get the attention of the waiter. It does appear they need to hire more staff and think about logistics of a buffet better.
We were ignored for first 15 min after we sat down. The host tried his best to not make us feel neglected. He checked on us throughout the night. Not sure if they were short staffed or not. Restaurant was 2/3 empty when we sat down.
Food was tasty (Brussels sprouts, flatbread pizza) and vibe was good.
Would like to come back with a group next time. Outdoor seating was awesome.
Breakfast is the best meal of the day at The Lot. The food is good the atmosphere outstanding and best of all they will take reservations. I like the Lot for anytime of day but more value in every way in breakfast
We were treated like VIP’s for a birthday with complimentary dessert and 2 movie passes!
Everyone was very helpful
Everything was absolute perfection at the Mother’s Day brunch
Mothers Day Brunch was a zoo. Pretty weak presentation for $50pp. Zero service. Never got a plate cleared in two hours. Had to beg for a bill that ended up being $300 for 2 adults & two kids. Never again!
We went here for Mother's Day Brunch & sat on the patio area. We had Open Table reservations & got seated quickly. There was an omelet station & crepe station, plus other hot foods, salads, deserts. However, for $50 there wasn't prime rib or roast beef station. There was salmon & chicken (needed a sauce). The brunch was small but moved quickly. There were $5 bottomless mimosas which was a great deal. Service was attentive. The music was not too loud which is a good thing. Nice atmosphere. This place actually is attached to a movie theater so this is a nice entertainment venue.
Great place. We were there when they opened at 7:00 A.M. The waiter was terrific. The food was good. All around great experience.
Great food, service, atmosphere and drinks. Always look forward to celebrating a birthday here.
Food was very good, they just did not get it right the first time for one of us, but they did correct it quickly. Service was otherwise very slow. Not sure if they were understaffed or inexperienced. I am leaning towards inexperienced.
The Lot is a great place but this time the entrees were a little underwhelming. The fish of the day was a tad bit charred on the outside and undercooked in the middle. And the Paellea was good but not my favorite. Artichokes were amazing and the beers were great.. Next time though I’m going with some different entrees
Our waitress, Ashley, was extremely outgoing and professional along with the rest of the staff that helped make my girlfriend's birthday dinner a memorable one.
Was my first time trying their weekend brunch menu. Being a Hash snub, I ordered their Carnitas Hash as a Litmus test. It was very average in short! It was too chunky (big pieces of potato and forgettable pork) for my taste with a frugal serving of a very bland Hollandaise sauce. Others ordered the 2 burgers on the menu but were not too impressed.
Ambience: nice & inviting
Margarita flatbread was great so is the Pasta Bolognese
Perfect place for a relaxing/fun family Easter brunch! Fantastic service and exceptional food selection that was well planned to please every age/diet in our party.
Easter Sunday brunch was delightful and complete with an adorable bunny. The made to order crepes and cream Caramel were the delicious highlight for me. Everything was wonderful!
Really enjoyed the Eggs Benedict for breakfast. Very nice stylish atmosphere. Free underground parking. I like that you can also be served in the movie theater. Good bakery items and coffee’s also.
Went to experience their Oscar Night viewing party. Great crowd, fun time. Could actually see and hear the event well. Only complaint is that they needed a bit more staff working that night. Looking forward to going back to do a dinner and theater combo.
Terriby, embarrassingly overpriced. We had heard this from several people but, in the interest of convenience, we opted to go.
A price of Chardonnay was the price of an entire bottle. The entrees were OK but portions very, very small.
Would not return nor recommend.
Great ambiance and Wonderful lunch menu selections but actual food was actually rather tasteless
I took my wife to a movie and dinner at The Lot for Valentines Day. My first impression was negative. I bought movie tickets which were $15 each (we are seniors) but was charged a $2.50 service fee for each ticket. WHAT? I bought the tickets at the location. What is the service fee for? Why not just charge $17.50 for the tickets. The theater was wonderful with power reclining chairs and food and beverage service right at your seat. The dinner, thought I felt a little high priced at $65 per person, was great. But again there was a 4% surcharge on top of the menu prices due to paying the employees more money because of minimum wage rules. Again, don't charge me the price on the menu and then charge me a surcharge. Just raise the prices on your menu. They aren't going to lower the minimum wage you have to pay. Service was a little so-so. Although very nice servers, at there prices, I should have had more attention than I received. The restaurant is open to the outside and it was a chilly night and my wife was uncomfortable due to the cold.